What is Chiropractic Neurology?
Even as a child, I can recall having a natural curiosity as to how things really worked! It was this tendency that I believe shaped my scholastic journey and has directed me to date. Of particular interest to me was how the body works, what was really hiding behind that exterior? My interest peaked while taking a Human Physiology course at the University of Western Ontario and the flood gates were opened. I was later accepted to study Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas Texas and went on to became part of the graduating class of 2000.
It was during my studies in Texas that I became enthralled with the human nervous system, it’s ability to adapt, compensate and regenerate. I became a member of the Chiropractic Neurology club and my studies in Chiropractic Neurology with the Carrick Institute commenced! I began to better appreciate the brain, neuronal circuitry and what makes us “tic” but more importantly what I can do to help when things go wrong.
What exactly is Chiropractic Neurology? Just as there are areas of special interest in medicine, there are also special areas of study in Chiropractic. A Chiropractor may further his academia in orthopaedics, sports injuries or paediatrics. I had a special interest in neurology and became Board Certified by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (A Regulatory Board in the US), one of only 40 Chiropractors in Canada. Chiropractic Neurology is a unique customized approach geared towards helping patients suffering from neurologically based problems without the use of medicine. This is achieved by the integration of receptor based therapies with home exercises that target weak areas of the central nervous system. This may be compared to a physical therapist localizing a weak muscle and providing exercises to strengthen that muscle. However, weaknesses in the brain can lead to disorientation, fogginess, headaches, balance issues, fatigue, muscle imbalances and the list goes on. Chiropractic neurology can also intervene with respect to the more severe neurological problems in order to improve quality of life. These problems include traumatic brain injuries like with Concussions, Dementia’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis to mention a few.
Keep posted for my next blog post that will provide some insight as to what tools are used to discern what is wrong with the brain and how we may fix it.
Spiro P. Ioannidis BSc., D.C.,